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Christian Faith and University Life

Stewards of the Academy

  • T. Laine Scales
  • Jennifer L. Howell
  • Explores how educators might reconceive graduate student formation as rooted in the tradition of the Christian practice of stewardship

  • Calls for a re-thinking of faculty formation in the twenty-first century to embrace the idea of "stewards of the discipline" for academic life

  • Suggests practical ways Christians working in the university can formulate pedagogical practices that account for students’ differing levels of privilege and resources


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Vocation and a Scholarly Life of Stewardship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Darin H. Davis
      Pages 19-30
    3. Jeffrey Bilbro, Jack R. Baker
      Pages 51-72
  3. Faithful Teachers and Pedagogical Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Matthew A. Rothaus Moser
      Pages 93-115
    3. Jennifer L. Howell, T. Laine Scales
      Pages 117-130
    4. David T. Echelbarger
      Pages 149-163
    5. Perry L. Glanzer, Nathan Alleman, David Guthrie
      Pages 165-192
  4. Church and Academy: Stewarding our Faith and our Universities

About this book


This book provides new insights on the unique role of graduate students within Christian higher education. Weaving together a variety of voices–doctoral students, new faculty, and seasoned scholars–with findings from empirical qualitative research, the book examines how faith and stewardship guide how they pursue scholarship and teaching as well as the academy’s relationship to the church. The result of this examination is a coherent and thematic narrative that will appeal to Christian graduate students and new faculty seeking to enter the academy with a clear sense of purpose and responsibility.  


pedagogy faith and education Christian higher education doctoral education Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Laine Scales
    • 1
  • Jennifer L. Howell
    • 2
  1. 1.Baylor UniversityWacoUSA
  2. 2.Baylor UniversityWacoUSA

About the editors

T. Laine Scales is Professor of Higher Education and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professional Development at Baylor University, USA.

Jennifer L. Howell is a PhD student in Religion at Baylor University, USA. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Christian Faith and University Life
  • Book Subtitle Stewards of the Academy
  • Editors T. Laine Scales
    Jennifer L. Howell
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-61743-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87151-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-61744-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 285
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Education
    Higher Education
    Curriculum Studies
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“The essays in this collection will prove relevant to all faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates seeking to be Christians of incarnational faith in the academy. … Scales and Howell have collected excellent essays that reflect the common desire to integrate faith and learning. … The conversation that Scales and Howell facilitate does not reinforce a weak conjoining of faith and learning, but calls for a stewardship wholly animated and brought to life by faith.” (Paige Ray, International Journal of Christianity & Education, Vol. 22 (2), 2018)